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Poster: Greg Carmack Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

Many superb shows from TDIH, but don't neglect to sample this 1970 show at SUNY Stony Brook, particularly the final Viola Lee. Some think that the boys did not go out with a bang with this one, but you must judge for yourself:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-31.early.sbd.fischer.6517.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-10-31.late.sbd.cousinit.16902.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 31, 2008 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

The coolest Viola Lee Blues I've heard recently (haven't replayed the one you suggest yet)
is actually a studio take, it's on the remastered 1st GD album, a bonus track referred to as the VLB edited version.

But listen to it closely, it's not the same version as the last track on the (original) 1st album, at all - imho the shorter edit studio version has some real good energy...

if there's a more complete (as in, complete) version of this edit version, wow, let that come out some day.

say what one will about reissues, the remastered debut is mind-blowingly excellent to these ears.

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Poster: Greg Carmack Date: Nov 1, 2008 3:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

. . . and the NEXT bonus track on the CD is a favorite, a standout Viola Lee from Rio Nido that clocks in at almost 23 minutes!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 2, 2008 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

yeah! The 9-3-67 Viola Lee at Russian River is missing the beginning but the cd bonus track has the ending complete, just a few seconds longer than the three 22:49 versions on LMA.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1967-09-03.sbd.oconnell-clevenger.6180.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2008-11-02 20:18:50

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 1, 2008 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

love the vid at your site - and my daughter and i are currently enjoying the stones. thanks

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Oct 31, 2008 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

What a shame that such an awesome song only gets that for its farewell.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 1, 2008 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

I'm one of those who feel that 10/31/70 was a low point of the year for the Dead....though the early show's OK.
You've probably seen these thoughts on Viola Lee -
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=203221

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 4, 2008 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

Yes indeedy, that thread has every thing about the song, all the links to LMA's GD VLB versions and mainly, your VLB tome was top shelf!

Hope it's ok that CPW notes used one of your sentences from it - "the story of Viola Lee begins when Gus Cannon's Jug Band recorded it on September 20, 1928..."

BTw, 3 different lengths of the Monterey Pop VLB exist!
There's the 9:33 6-18-67 Pop on youtube 6-18-67; the 14:07 one, imho cleaner audio - http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-06-18.sbd.hollister.42.sbeok.shnf +
then the 11:03 audio:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-06-18.sbd.mandrake.19586.sbeok.shnf

WTF?

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 3, 2008 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - The Last Viola Lee

That show was pretty poor IMHO. Two factors might have contributed. The soundboard was run by students who did a poor job and Weir can be overheard grumbling about it on the tapes. Secondly, 10/31/70 was a national Moratorium Day against the Vietnam War and the vibe was pretty much wrapped up around that. Those were ugly times that might have spilled over.